7 Days 9 April, 2020 $1850.00
Join Terry as we celebrate Easter outback style in NSW’s west. Discover the home of the Black Opal, this area is recognised worldwide as the largest source of quality gems of that material. Time to sit back and enjoy all the fun of the Easter Festival in this unique landscape, while indulging in some carefree, country hospitality and maybe a daily soak in the famous Bore Baths, don’t forget your ‘togs’!!
Day 1 Thursday 9th April 2020 Home pick ups as arranged today. We enjoy a lovely morning tea as we head northwest. After joining the Cunningham Hwy we pause for lunch with the Warwick CWA Ladies. We continue our journey through Karara, Inglewood and onto our home for the night Goondiwindi. This aboriginal word means “resting place of the birds”. It forms the State border and is situated beside the picturesque Macintyre River. See the statue of the famous racehorse Gunsynd, the “Goondiwindi Grey”, in Apex Park before checking into our friendly accommodation and freshening up before Dinner at our Motel tonight.
Overnight: Ascot Lodge 4 star, Goondiwindi – Ph: 07 4671 5566
Day 2 Friday 10th April 2020 Good Friday! An early start this morning as we travel further west along the Newell Hwy to Moree, where we stop for morning tea. We then continue along the Gwydir Hwy passing Collarenebri to the town of Walgett, gateway to the opal fields, where we pause for a comfort stop. We have a late Lunch upon arrival at Lightning Ridge at the Bowls Club. After lunch we head off to see what lies beneath the ground at The Chambers of the Black Hand. These 100 year old underground mine tunnels lead us into vast chambers where the walls are decorated with amazing hand carvings. There is also an underground gift shop to browse through. Our home for the next four nights has air conditioned comfort in each room and puts us in the perfect position for the annual fireworks display on Saturday night. Lightning Ridge is famous for its Bore Baths and Thermal Pools so most days Terry will be able to take those interested for a relaxing swim. Don’t forget your ’cossies’. Dinner tonight our Motel.
4 Nights: Lightning Ridge Outback Motel, 3 star Ph: 02 6829 0304
Day 3 Saturday 11th April 2020 After a hearty breakfast, our day begins with a guided tour of the area where we view the 3 mile Opal fields, the large open cut mine and some examples of innovative dwellings made on the opal fields including Amigos Castle and the Astronomers Monument. Our Guide also takes us to Bevan’s Black Opal and Cactus Nursery where we are treated to a guided tour and learn the outback way of gardening. It’s then time to head back to the Main Street festivities where there will be street stalls and buskers and entertainment for everyone. Lunch is own expense today with the afternoon free so you can enjoy relaxing back at the motel or maybe head to the Lightning Ridge Country Races. This 1200 metre track is unique as it is the only straight racetrack in Australia. It is conveniently situated right in town. There is plenty of shade, seating and great food and drink. Locals dress up Flemington style, or rock up in togs, thongs and a top hat. Sounds like fun to me! This evening the fun and festivities continue at our motel, where, after Dinner the fantastic fireworks display will light up the night sky right near our Motel!
Day 4 Sunday 12th April 2020 HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!
Watch out for the ‘Rascally Rabbit’ this morning as he might just be out to cause some
mischief. An easy morning today as we visit the underground, ‘A Walk in Mine’ where we listen to an informative talk and film on opal mining and enjoy a cuppa, with time to browse their gift shop. We then head back into town for lunch at the local Bowls Club. After lunch we visit the well known John Murray Art Gallery, famous for his cartoon works of art. It’s then we head to visit another local attraction “The Bottle House Museum” no throwing stones here folks! This early opal miner’s dwelling is built of bottles, and houses many old items of interest. Dinner tonight at our motel.
Day 5 Monday 13th April 2020 This morning after our breaky, we journey out to the Mulga dumps where many fossickers try their luck. We pause at the Anzac Memorial and Museum with time for a browse and morning tea, before arriving at the ‘Glengarry Hilton’ and Sweeney’s Art and Crafts. Lunch will be at the ‘Club in the Scrub’, otherwise known as the ‘Grawin Opal Miners Sports and Recreation Club’. The district opal miners built their log cabin club many years ago and were granted a license in January 1990. Time then to head back to the Ridge. We have some free time this afternoon. Terry will take those interested to the Lightning Ridge Bore Baths to indulge in some relaxation. Dinner will be at our Motel again tonight.Day 6 Tuesday 14th April 2020 Today we travel back along the Gwydir Hwy via Moree, but from there our journey home is by a different route. We will pause for lunch at the Warialda Golf and Bowling Club. This town was the first administrative centre in the northwest of NSW, see the many lovely historic buildings. After lunch we make our way to the Olives of Beaulieu to enjoy the family owned olive grove and gardens, taste test their full range of oils and spices and browse their gift shop. On arrival in Inverell, we enjoy a guided tour of this pretty town. Dinner tonight is at the RSL.
Overnight: Club Motel, 4 star Inverell Ph: 02 6721 0800
Day 7 Wednesday 15th April 2020 No need to rush today, as we make the relaxing journey home. We pause for morning tea at Glen Elgin before heading over the Gibraltar Range toward Grafton and Casino. Lunch is at the Casino RSM, we then re-board the coach for our journey home with a comfort stop on route. Home drop offs after another fantastic Easter Holiday with Terry’s Tours.
Home Pick ups and Drop offs
Quality Accommodation, All Full Cooked Breakfasts
All 2 Course Dinners, 6 Lunches (Days 3 Own Expense)
Morning/Afternoon Teas (As per Itinerary)
All Entry Fees, Guided Tours
Cost Per Person Twin Share $ 1850.00
Single Supplement (Add on) $ 390.00
Deposit of $100.00 Per Person required within 7 days from booking.
Full payment for the tour is required by the 5th March 2020
70 + days prior to departure date – loss of deposit (7th Feb 2019)
60 – 45 days prior to departure date – 50% of total price
45 – 30 days prior to departure date – 75% of total price
less than 30 days – 100 % of total price (NO REFUND)
NO REFUNDS ON ANY UNUSED PORTIONS OF ITINERARY